I’m rather sad to be writing what may be my final post on this blog. But it’s served its purpose pretty well.

This is an amazing (and a bit frightening?) story about DARPA using Twitter for a competition.

And here’s the link to WordPress founder Matt Mullenweg’s ten interesting (all male-written) blogs.

In the same post he references this plug-in to help you write more correctly. I’m very cautious of all such services–I firmly believe that we should learn how to edit our own writing because we learn how to consciously make choices, not let the computer make them for us. However, I realized after looking at the link to ways After the Deadline can help with diacritical marks that a hole in this course has been our lack of focus or attention on international blogging. And I’d appreciate the help with French accents, for example…


Kristina has some great advice for building readers and buzz about your blog. She writes:

I was just thinking of driving traffic. One thing I forgot to mention is how powerful Twitter is for driving traffic. Anytime an article has mention of another site/blog/company, I would recommend finding their @Twitter account and then tweeting something like “Hey I wrote this exciting blog post about____ and ow.ly link”. I see this on the other side of things. For instance, the other day someone wrote a tweet about the great content they wrote about what to wear during pregnancy. It was a great article so I RTed and 17,000 people potentially saw it. This drove a ton of traffic and in turn drove traffic to our ecommerce site. Even if that site/company does not retweet if anyone searches the company/sites name that entry will be shown in search results. Also, if the content is good or you are driving traffic to another site (i.e. if all the students in the class clicked on the link), that company/site might reward you. For instance, if there is a small blog with great content, I will RT or @reply them. Also, I will product test them and they MAY/or may not write a post driving more traffic since they have an exclusive product. I also may give a blogger an exclusive scoop, if they even mentioned the company in a post.

Also, even if they don’t necessary link, it could be pulled. For instance, I use Radian6, a monitoring program and there is also a more simple version for anyone that is free, social mention. This allows people to search a keyword and find anything related to it i.e. blogs and micromedia like Twitter.

An interesting article about misuse of Twitter, with a cameo by a UM grad! Here’s an excerpt:

“It is anybody’s guess who will emerge as hallway monitor for the “have three drinks and tweet how much you hate your boss” set. Maybe it will be someo ne like Tyrone Schiff, a graduate of the University of Michigan who lives in suburban Chicago and who in August started the Web site Twaxed.com, whose slogan begins, “Beware of What You Share.” Mr. Schiff trolls Twitter to find the most obnoxious, embarrassing tweets and post them on his site.”

of blogging news relevant to recent conversations:
From the NY Daily News, via Susan, a new Uma Thurman movie out October 23rd about mommy-blogging (class field trip?)

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From the New York Times via Kristina, new FTC rules requiring bloggers to disclose payments for reviews (I can’t wait to see how they’re going to enforce this…)

For Monday, 9/28, please evaluate both BLDGBLOG and kottke.org. Read s few shorter and a couple of longer posts in both. Explore the sidebar links. Delve into the archives. Post your evaluation as a comment here.

More proof than not everyone is uninterested in what you had for lunch.

Please remember to email me your final proposals by 5 pm this FRIDAY, 9/25. Please also prepare at least your first post for class on Monday.

This is my teaching blog for SWC 200 The Rhetoric of Blogging: Writing for an Invisible, Interactive Audience. Check here for assignments and to access class resources. I’ll be blogging along with you this semester, so the first thing you should do to get ready for this class is to set up a free gmail account if you don’t already have one, and add this blog to your Google Reader list.

Perhaps you already know how to set up a blog. Maybe you’ve been writing one for years. Or maybe you’re not sure what a blog is. Either way, you’re in the right class. We will not be focusing much on the technicalities of web design, instead we’re going to focus on how to write a blog–what writing, image, style, tone, and other rhetorical choices a writer might make. The topic of your blog and the direction in which you choose to take it, both during and after this course, is up to you…

This blog will be our home base. If you have specific questions about an assignment, feel free to post them as a comment on this blog. If they require a very timely answer, however, you’ll be better off emailing me.